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Events: 18 things to do in the North-east in 2018

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From food and drink events to top music and visual art, the North-east is set for a busy 2018. Tamsin Ross looks at some of the spectacular shows and fun-filled events in store.

1. Spectra festival of light

Aberdeen’s award winning light festival returns to the city centre for four nights from February 8-11.

This year’s theme is Play the Night and will combine music and lights for a family-friendly display.

2. Gin: NE

This North-east gin festival takes place at Inverurie Town Hall on February 9-10.
Alongside local and national gins, there will be a cocktail circus, a gin question-and-answer session and other shows.

3. Aberdeen Jazz Festival

Featuring every style of jazz, this year’s Jazz Festival will have something for everyone.
On from March 14-18, it’ll bring swing, vintage and fusion tunes to venues across the North-east.

4. University Boat Race

Taking to the water on March 17, the teams from Robert Gordon University and the University of Aberdeen go head-to-head once again. Both teams will be determined to win and it’ll be interesting to see if Aberdeen can repeat last year’s victory.

5. Nuart Aberdeen

This festival will take place from April 12-15 and showcase a range of artistic talent.
Brightening up the Granite City for another year, the Nuart Festival will see a team of local artists take part alongside national and international experts.

6. Gary Barlow

April 21 will be special for all those Take That fans as Gary Barlow will take to the AECC stage as part of his solo tour. The sell-out concert is sure to shine as he relights the fire in the North-east.

7. Noel Gallagher

The former Oasis star’s High Flying Birds tour will be at the AECC on April 25. Showcasing his musical talent, the singer/songwriter is sure to delight fans.

8. May Festival

Hosted by the University of Aberdeen, the May Festival will encourage discussion and participation in activities based on the sciences and arts.

With talks, concerts, shows, readings and tours, the event will feature students and staff and has more than 120 events on offer.

9. Granite City Comic-con

May 26-27 will see the Richard Donald Stand at Pittodrie Stadium filled with vendors, workshops and guest panels celebrating all things sci-fi.
The event will be celebrating its fourth year and promises some well-known faces.

10. Taste of Grampian

The annual one-day food and drink festival, which takes place at theThainstone Centre, Inverurie, will return on June 2.

With displays from well-known chefs, stalls filled with a variety of delicacies and many competitions, it’s a great day out for the family.

11. Michael McIntyre

Skipping across the AECC stage, Michael will be bringing the gags to Aberdeen on June 12-13.

The Bafta winner will have the North-east in hysterics on his Big World Tour.

12. The Boat Festival

Portsoy will host its 25th Boat Festival on June 30 and July 1 to celebrate the local heritage.
With crafts, music, food and drink, it’s a harbourside event which attracts thousands of visitors every year.

13. Stonehaven Folk Festival

From July 5-8, Stonehaven will host an array of musical talent as part of the annual Folk Festival.
Also boasting an aqua ceilidh, this event is sure to be very popular.

14. Aberdeen International Youth Festival

This multi-arts event which involves youngsters up to the age of 25 will happen in Aberdeen on July 27-August 4.

Gala shows, concerts and performances are aimed at inspiring young people within their chosen art form.

15. Great Aberdeen Run

Bounce along in your trainers on the half marathon or 10k routes at this year’s event.
The Great Aberdeen Run will return to the streets of the city centre on August 26.

16. Braemar Gathering

Attended by the royals every year, the Braemar Gathering boasts a variety of games for athletes willing to take on the challenge.

Pipers, pipe bands, the armed forces and dancers will all attend the event on September 1.

17. Techfest

From September 8-22, the North-east’s annual festival of science, technology, engineering and maths will return.

Promoting these subjects to young minds, this event makes education memorable and fun.

18. True North

The music festival of Aberdeen is back on September 20-23 with more contemporary artists.
True North will feature gigs by relevant and exciting musicians in city centre venues.

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